Batey Urbano Son Awarded Top Honor

Samuel J. Vega Wins Outstanding Employee Award at Chicago's Tribune


Roger Morales Hoy media producer (left) Samuel J. Vega Hoy Media Producer (right)

At this year's Chicago Tribune Jones Beck Awards ceremony on Friday, Feb. 1 Samuel Vega, media producer at Hoy newspaper, 

received the the Hoy leadership award. Vega was recognized by colleagues for his hard work & effort at the company, developing and producing video content and new multi-media strategies for the paper.  Vega  was hired in June 2012. He began his professional work in media as a Radio program instructor at Batey Urbano 2008.

Tato Laviera in Paseo Boricua's Well-Wishes


Jesus "Tato" Laviera, the famed Nyorican Poet and Playwright is in Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, NY in a coma. The respective staffs of Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School and students and National Boricua Human Rights Network extend their deepest well- wishes for Tato.

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Over 700 attend

Oliver Stone's "Untold History of the United States" comes to Humboldt Park



Over 700 people crowded into Roberto Clemente Community Academy's auditorium last Friday, February 1 to see a chapter of Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznik's "Untold History of the United States". Principal Marcey Sorenson welcomed those present and after the film, a short panel discussion ensued with Stone, Prof. Kuznik and Prof José E. López, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.


The panel fielded questions from the audience via index cards filled out after the film. The panelists took turns addressing the questions and all of them talked about the possibilities of the future of struggle in the US. The activity like the press conference and Meet and Greet the next day were part of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center 40th Anniversary series. 


To end, both Prof Kuznik and Oliver Stone were gifted mementoes of the occasion, a poster of the Puerto Rican flag and to Oliver Stone, a Free Oscar López t-shirt, a fitting gift from a community of struggle.


IPRAC's New CEO, Billy Ocasio, Hosts Oliver Stone Press Conference


Billy Ocasio, the new CEO of the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC), welcomed Oliver Stone and historian Dr. Peter Kuznik, to IPRAC for a press conference and luncheon Meet and Greet on Saturday, Feb 2. The press conference was covered on NBC Ch 5 and both Stone and Kuznik appeared on NPR to talk about the book, "The Untold History of the US".


Puerto Rican Agenda Study

"Taking charge of our future" 


In the spring and summer of 2011 selected members of The Puerto Rican Agenda drew up a research plan that would zero in on different aspects of community life: housing, economic development, education, health, youth and justice, culture, and the non-profit sector.  The research team secured funding from the Chicago Community Trust, LISC Chicago, and the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 
Irma Romero Remembered en La Raza
Recuerdan en Chicago a mexicana con corazón boricua


(SPANISH) La activista de Chicago Irma Romero luchó hasta el final por la reforma migratoria y por la libertad de presos políticos puertorriqueños.

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